Surveys seeking the input of Greensburg’s business community were emailed to local entrepreneurs last week regarding priorities in shaping Phase II of the Comprehensive Master Plan being designed to guide the community’s recovery from May 4.


  Surveys seeking the input of Greensburg’s business community were emailed to local entrepreneurs last week regarding priorities in shaping Phase II of the Comprehensive Master Plan being designed to guide the community’s recovery from May 4.
   The introductory paragraph of the mailing notes that “particular attention is being paid to the needs of existing businesses and the importance of attracting new jobs and business opportunities to town.  We need your input to help set priorities in these areas.”
   The opening goes on to tell participants their point of view will help to “shape the way the City goes about supporting local businesses and building a robust economy.”  The mailing likewise indicates the resultant input will be discussed at the next Business Redevelopment meeting, set for April 2.  Following are details of the survey:
Retaining local business…
   The section begins with respondents being asked to prioritize these seven components “needed to support local businesses”:

Short-term business subsidies… A growing population… An attractive downtown… Availability of excellent web access… Access to employees… Highway access… Infrastructure improvements…

   Second in the section is a request for a description of the “biggest challenge facing your business,” followed by respondents being asked to “describe any opportunities you see to stimulate the local economy,” as well as “any long-term opportunities that will bring prosperity in the coming decades.”
Creating new business…
   This section as well begins with a prioritizing, this time of seven possible strategies for “creating new businesses and jobs in town”:

Leveraging the green reputation of Greensburg… The final six are identical to those listed in the retention of local business section.Respondents are then asked to “list the aspects of Greensburg that will be most advantageous in attracting new businesses and jobs,” followed by yet another list to be prioritized, this time in the area of the most likely types of business/industry to actually take root in and prove beneficial to Greensburg: Light industrial/manufacturing… Sustainable manufacturing/eco-industrial/green collar jobs… Locally owned commercial (shops, restaurants, etc.)… Agriculture… Tourism…

   A final question asks for the listing of “any businesses (restaurant, coffee shop, pharmacy, retail, etc.) that are not currently planning on coming to Greensburg, but that you feel are important to attract.”
   The surveys were developed and sent at the initial behest of BNIM, the architectural company developing the City’s Master Plan.